Tue, May 21 2013
French police inspect an illegal Roma camp in Aix-en-Provence to control and check the identity of its residents on August 19 2010. France sent dozens of Roma home on flights to Bucharest that day in the first mass repatriation since president Nicolas Sarkozy unveiled a crackdown on crime and immigration with the dismantling of some 300 illegal camps that has been condemned by rights groups.
Bulgaria and Romania are working actively to meet the Schengen criteria, Bulgarian President Georgi Purvanov said at a joint news conference with his Romanian counterpart Traian Basescu.
Kristalina Georgieva says that, as a Bulgarian, she is keen to see the social and economic inclusion of all her compatriots.
While many nations are concerned about immigration and illegal immigrants, this reaction is targeted at a particular group and it raises echoes of a long history of discrimination.
Senior leaders in Bucharest hit out at Paris, but come under fire for inaction on Roma issues
Sofia underlines that it is co-operating with Paris, and the Roma issue will not impair Bulgaria’s Schengen accession
The situation which came to a head last week involving Roma people in France from Bulgaria and Romania would be a perfect plot for a modern grand opera
Amnesty International is calling on French authorities to focus on fully implementing its own legislation and provide adequate halting sites and protection of the housing rights of all.
Mladenov: Bulgaria also has the right to deport foreign citizens if they violate the rules.
France's expulsion of Roma (gypsies) was due to begin on Thursday with 79 expected to fly out of the country. The European Commission says it's following very closely France's controversial dealings with the gypsies.
Sarkozy’s expulsions of Roma involved in crime sparks controversy – including among Roma in Bulgaria who plan no welcome for the deportees.
The first group of Roma, 13 in all, will be followed by two more, ferried by Bulgaria Air planes, arriving on September 10 and 17, respectively. In total, 41 Bulgarian Roma are to be expelled from France
The global food import bill in 2012 could decline to $1.24 trillion, down slightly from last year’s record of $1.29 trillion.
Boevski has been under arrest in Brazil since October, when he was arrested at Sao Paulo's international airport with nine kg of cocaine in his luggage.
Whereas foreign media ownership is perceived as advantageous for media outlets and journalists, Bulgarian owners are perceived as investors with short-term vision who strive for immediate profits.
Killing spree in Norway in July 2011 and the arrests of individuals in a number of EU member states for the preparation of terrorist attacks, are proof of the continuing need for vigilance, Europol says.
In her message to mark the Day, Bulgaria's Bokova said that books are 'valuable tools' for knowledge-sharing, mutual understanding and openness to others and to the world.